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New anti-robocall initiative includes new ways for Ohioans to report them

Anti-robocall initiative
Posted at 12:32 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 12:32:15-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced a new way for Ohioans to report nuisance robocalls as part of an anti-robocall initiative launched Wednesday.

“Ohioans are tired of playing defense against annoying robocalls,” Yost said. “Now it’s Ohio’s turn to play offense – and we need your help.”

Ohioans were hit with an estimated 2.2 billion robocalls last year, according to YouMail, a service that tracks robocall traffic.

On Wednesday, Yost shared in a news release a new way that the state’s residents can report robocalls to his Consumer Protection Section.

Ohioans can report robocalls by texting “ROBO” to 888111 and answering a set of questions that take less than a minute to complete. Consumers also can file complaints by visiting OhioProtects.org or calling 1-800-282-0515

Yost said the bottom line in fighting robocalls is simple: just don’t answer.

Yost provided other tips to help combat robocalls:

  • Never interact with a suspected robocaller in any way.

  • Avoid providing personal or financial information by phone.

  • Register your phone number with the Do Not Call Registry online at DoNotCall.gov or by phone at 1-888-382-1222.

  • Research services offered by your phone provider to block unwanted calls.

  • Install a trusted and reliable app on your cellphone to block or warn of suspicious calls.